TRENTON – A measure sponsored by Senator Paul A. Sarlo that would establish the New Jersey Hall of Fame in Bergen County’s Meadowlands Complex to celebrate New Jerseyans who have made notable contributions to society was approved today by the Assembly Tourism and Gaming Committee.
“Television and movies often portray New Jersey as a State full of negative, shady characters, which couldn’t be farther from the truth,” said Senator Sarlo, D-Bergen, Essex and Passaic. “This measure would help celebrate those New Jerseyans who have made advances in arts, culture athletics, education and other areas. The Hall of Fame would recognize and celebrate the New Jerseyans who have made positive advances in the State and around the world, and help bring credibility to New Jersey.”
The Senator’s measure, S-2309, would permit the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority to establish the New Jersey Hall of Fame. The bill would also create the 17-member New Jersey Hall of Fame Advisory Commission, which would include the 11-member board of directors of the New Jersey Sports Hall of Fame and four members appointed by the Governor, Senate President and Assembly Speaker and two ex officio members.
Lastly, the measure would also create the Foundation for the New Jersey Hall of Fame, a separate nonprofit, education and charitable organization.
This measure now awaits final legislative approval by the full Assembly.